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Buttman999
09-15-2008, 02:28 PM
What guitar has the best clean sound? I don't play jazz or blues I just love the cleanest clean sounds.

I'm thinking about getting this one so what do you think about it? Its a semi-hollow tele with a ash body in 3 tone sunburst. Its only $700.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-69-Telecaster-Thinline-Electric-Guitar?sku=510123
Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline

I already know the Fender Twin Reverb and Roland Jazz Chorus are the best clean amps.

fender twin etc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5VAdNj6v-Y

R_H_C_P
09-15-2008, 02:31 PM
Rickenbacker 360. I played one a while ago, Beautiful clean guitar.
That or a Strat, I love strat clean sounds.

strat0blaster
09-15-2008, 02:33 PM
It's personal preference, but all around, in my opinion, a nice Tele will ALWAYS have the best clean tone.

willy_99
09-15-2008, 02:36 PM
try some PRS. i love the clean tone you get from them

Punk_Ninja
09-15-2008, 02:40 PM
I love a clean strat (with single coils) sound.

Dave_Mc
09-15-2008, 03:12 PM
^ ditto. obviously it's personal preference... :)

FloyDZeD
09-15-2008, 03:15 PM
Pretty much anything with single coils.

Mahoru
09-15-2008, 03:17 PM
Strats and Rickenbackers are the best for cleans IMO.

Lil Macker
09-15-2008, 03:21 PM
I'd say pretty much anything with single coils. Even Les Pauls with P90s.

They sound godly.

Punk_Ninja
09-15-2008, 03:25 PM
As much as single coils seem to be the favourite, humbuckers still have their clean sounds!
Hollowbody neck pickups (Ala Wes Montgomery) can sound incredible.

stratdud39
09-15-2008, 03:34 PM
well those teles are beautiful, and have great tone, but i would say strats have better cleans
EDIT: I have a question for the TS...why is your username Buttman?

Buttman999
09-15-2008, 03:39 PM
The clean sounds I want are from the Fender Twin video I posted and this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPLXJAWUnwI
The Cranberries - Linger

In their amazing video for Dreams it showed a quick shot of a Rickenbacker headstock.

I want that smooth clean that is bright but not thin and sort of thick but not bassy or too big sounding. I don't think a Strat would have that, too much treble.

Buttman999
09-15-2008, 04:47 PM
Rickenbacker 360. I played one a while ago, Beautiful clean guitar.
That or a Strat, I love strat clean sounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickenbacker#Current_reissue_models
Known for their distinctive jangle and chime, Rickenbacker guitars in general were equipped with lower-output "Toaster" pickups until they were phased out circa 1969-70. Hereafter, most Rickenbacker guitars were equipped with the newer design "Hi-Gain" pickups. In most cases, these pickups had twice the output of their illustrious predecessors. This change was almost certainly due to the trend toward the louder "Rock" sounds of the 1970s.


Their website says hi gain and I don't want that.

oneblackened
09-15-2008, 04:52 PM
An LP with a good clean humbucker (A Seymour Duncan Sh-1 '59, Jazz, Dimarzio PAF and some others), or a P-90 is pretty good

Buttman999
09-15-2008, 08:43 PM
An LP with a good clean humbucker (A Seymour Duncan Sh-1 '59, Jazz, Dimarzio PAF and some others), or a P-90 is pretty good

I'm going to get a Les Paul with two '59s later but not really for cleans. They will be good but not the best because of the thick body and all that mahogany.

Here's one cut in half:

www.mylespaul.com/forums/historic-reissues/15722-cut-half-r7-warning-disturbing-content.html

R_H_C_P
09-16-2008, 08:24 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickenbacker#Current_reissue_models
Known for their distinctive jangle and chime, Rickenbacker guitars in general were equipped with lower-output "Toaster" pickups until they were phased out circa 1969-70. Hereafter, most Rickenbacker guitars were equipped with the newer design "Hi-Gain" pickups. In most cases, these pickups had twice the output of their illustrious predecessors. This change was almost certainly due to the trend toward the louder "Rock" sounds of the 1970s.


Their website says hi gain and I don't want that.
They're not high gain guitars, trust me. That means that the pickups might break up a little bit earlier, which won't matter if you've got a great clean amp.

xander307
09-16-2008, 08:29 AM
Fender Esquire

DSOTM80
09-16-2008, 09:24 AM
Jazz guitar? cleans, hollowbody? Personal taste really, depends what kinda clean tone you're after. For me it would be a Strat + neck pickup + tube amp and a compression pedal

MustangSVT
09-16-2008, 10:38 AM
The nicest clean tone I have heard came from a Fender Telecaster with this nice Fender tube amp. All personal perference of course though. A lot of people love the sound of a MIA Strat or I've heard a nice PRS from a friend too.

bjovi400
09-16-2008, 11:02 AM
Pretty much anything with single coils.
false.



Humbuckers sound good for cleans too, it just depends on the amp and the model of pups

mrbungle50221
09-16-2008, 11:34 AM
id say a Les Paul Custom with the stock pups it comes with....

Jonesie110
09-16-2008, 12:15 PM
my buddies 54 les paul custom has a great clean sound

Hakael
09-16-2008, 12:35 PM
Wouldn't the amp have a greater impact on the clean sound?

In which case, many Fender amps seem to be the choice for such a sound?

gregs1020
09-16-2008, 01:09 PM
Wouldn't the amp have a greater impact on the clean sound?

In which case, many Fender amps seem to be the choice for such a sound?
I agree with Hakael, a lot of guitars sound great clean - I would have said an elec/acoustic of some sort for a guitar. But a sparkly fender tube amp can "clean up" a lot of guitars.

LordPino
09-16-2008, 02:08 PM
An acoustic guitar..?

Vedder=GOD
09-16-2008, 02:09 PM
Iv been looking to get a Telecaster for a while now. They have a lovely clean sound for the price.

gregs1020
09-16-2008, 02:12 PM
An acoustic guitar..?
For a clean sound, yes an Electric Acoustic. But the amp has more to do with "cleans" than the guitar is my point. (and Haks).

With these sort of controls, yea...
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e322/tradewithme/acoustic%20electric/f0d6e6fb.jpg

Dave_Mc
09-16-2008, 02:46 PM
Wouldn't the amp have a greater impact on the clean sound?

In which case, many Fender amps seem to be the choice for such a sound?

i'm not sure. you generally want really low output pickups for cleans too. you'd ideally want both an amp with a good clean tone, and at least one pickup which is pretty low/vintage output. :)